You don’t hear this often at iDB, but Nokia just released an interesting smartphone line. The Lumia 800 and Lumina 710 were announced today, and both phones demonstrate Nokia’s attempt at getting back into the smartphone game with the Windows Phone 7 OS.

Focusing on the flagship Lumina 800 handset, Nokia is making some very interesting choices to distinguish itself from the likes of Apple and the iPhone. It’s nice to see some attractive handsets out there that may end up offering the iPhone some competition…

The Lumina 800 sports a 1.4GHz Snapdragon Qualcomm processor, gorgeous 3.7-inch AMOLED display, 8-megapixel camera, 16 GB of storage, and the Windows Phone 7 ‘Mango’ OS. The Lumina 710 is a cheaper version with toned-down specs, like 8 GB of storage and a 5-megapixel camera.

Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive serve as replacements for Microsoft’s default Bing services in the Windows Phone OS, and they seem to work pretty well. Multiple sites have been praising the Lumina today, and it looks like Nokia definitely has something compelling.

Nokia’s handsets have always been known for their superb build quality, and the Symbian OS has been the major negative for customers as of late. Now that Nokia is adopting the more relevant Windows Phone OS, the handset maker may stand a chance.

It’s worth noting that Microsoft still doesn’t have half of the app developer support that Apple wields with the App Store, so handsets like the Lumina series will be fighting an uphill battle until there are more apps available on the Windows Phone Marketplace.

As is usually the case with Nokia, potential US customers are left in the cold for the time being. The Lumina 800 and 710 will be available in many European countries and Asia in the coming months, but the company is currently unclear as to when the Lumina will be available in the US.

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  • JavR

    looks nice, although I wouldn´t buy one

  • Alban3Zi

    You know why this phone sucks? Because it cannot be jailbroken 😀

    • d0ntp4n1c

      +1 I am SOOOOO not a Apple fan boy and generally do not like their products but when I found out about jailbreaking I dirtied myself and got a iphone lol

      • babeh

        i dont know about windows, but symbian phones has same security, and it need ssl certificate for apps. But it can be jailbroken.

  • Neglefarot

    Whats a NOKIA?

    • AsianLeader

      Its a manufacturer of galoshes and other rubber products …. heheheh

  • iMarc

    Pass the bucket I think I’m gonna puke.

  • Buck

    The windows phone 7 are honestly better than android. They’re just late to the party. And it’s a catch 22 w the apps. Developers don’t want to spend time on it because it doesn’t have enough market share and users don’t want it because it doesn’t have as many apps

  • Sean

    I wonder if there going to be complaints about how it looks no different than the previous model

    • The Swed

      Like the i4s u mean?

  • I would pick this phone over android any time.

    • ReanimationXP

      same here.

  • MrA

    did I accidentally visit nDB?

  • Podphone

    a very fresh news from Nokia, Lumia looks beautiful too. they still have many works to do in building apps, let’s see

  • babeh

    hopefully more apps on ovi store or win 7.5 market? Last year i checked, no any Google apps there.

  • loading

    so, at 1:30 in the video, the guy loads the maps app; 20 seconds into it the app is still “loading” and it only made it about half way… no thanks nokia/windows…. I love my iPhone. 

  • loading

    so, at 1:30 in the video, the guy loads the maps app; 20 seconds into it the app is still “loading” and it only made it about half way… no thanks nokia/windows…. I love my iPhone.

  • Stipid phone

  • I very much wanted a Nokia with Android, however they chose to go with Windows.Hope they come out with Android ones in the future.Android seems simply superb for tablets and smartphones.

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